CLAYTON, MO – With COVID-19 cases rising in St. Louis County Executive Sam Page predicts more school districts will opt for virtual learning this fall and wants to ensure all families are equipped with the proper technology to do so.
St. Louis County Library conducted a survey on county school districts in March and discovered that at least 10,000 households in the area do not have access to internet at home.
“I’m committed to doing what it takes to make sure that every student in St. Louis County has access to the technology they need to participate in virtual classroom and will invest whatever we have to make sure we reach that goal,” said Dr. Sam Page, St. Louis County, County Executive.
Four million dollars from the CARES Act Fund will specifically be used to address this internet access gap. These funds will provide 12,500 mobile hot spots from Coolpad that can host up to five devices and 2,500 tablets to ensure no child is left without a device to use at home.
The County is working closely with districts to identify the needs of students and make sure they can all learn safely and efficiently from home. County libraries will also offer a free virtual tutoring program that will be available to all county students – public or private.
Parents who are in need of these resources for their student(s) are asked to contact their school district administrators. There will be a form posted on the St. Louis County website as soon as Monday, August 3 where districts can submit their needs.